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New to wood working

I have a Ryobi jig saw and Ryobi miter saw, Porter Cable router and table and I would like to get a table saw the Dewalt 745 I believe is that a good one to buy? Also what would be a good drill press to buy I've seen some at Harbor Freight but don't know which size to buy? I would like to buy a band saw as well. Any recommendations on the things I listed?

Also is this a good start up for wood working?

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The Delta 745 is intended for contractors to carry to jobsites to make a cut now and then. It's meant to be more portable than useful. A lot of thing you might do that saw would lack the power and accuracy to do. If you are not going to be moving it around you would be better off getting at least a contractor size saw. It will be heavier and would have more power. You also might get more saw for the buck buying used. Woodworking machinery tends to last for decades so if you can find a used saw which looks like someone took care if it it's unlikely you will have any problem with it.

Drill presses are pretty simple. I bought a cheap Taiwan made drill press from home depot in 1982 and I'm still using it. It has only needed repair because it was in a building the roof fell in on it. Try to buy one that is physically as big as you can and I don't mean the pipe it's mounted on. The motor size and weight will do more for you than anything.
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The Delta 745 is intended for contractors to carry to jobsites to make a cut now and then. It's meant to be more portable than useful. A lot of thing you might do that saw would lack the power and accuracy to do. If you are not going to be moving it around you would be better off getting at least a contractor size saw. It will be heavier and would have more power. You also might get more saw for the buck buying used. Woodworking machinery tends to last for decades so if you can find a used saw which looks like someone took care if it it's unlikely you will have any problem with it.

Drill presses are pretty simple. I bought a cheap Taiwan made drill press from home depot in 1982 and I'm still using it. It has only needed repair because it was in a building the roof fell in on it. Try to buy one that is physically as big as you can and I don't mean the pipe it's mounted on. The motor size and weight will do more for you than anything.
Thank you I appreciate the input and I was looking at the Dewalt 745 table saw not the Delta. And I will look for used equipment but it's hard to trust Craigslist. As for the drill press Harbor Freight seems to have some good ones.

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Thank you I appreciate the input and I was looking at the Dewalt 745 table saw not the Delta. And I will look for used equipment but it's hard to trust Craigslist. As for the drill press Harbor Freight seems to have some good ones.

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Sorry, I was thinking Dewalt 745 and typed Delta 745.
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Sorry, I was thinking Dewalt 745 and typed Delta 745.
Would this be a good table saw for $250 Craftsman 113.299410

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Yes, the craftsman would be a good saw for you, especially for that price.
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Yes, the craftsman would be a good saw for you, especially for that price.
Sounds great thank you!

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A few other items to think about before you get too many WW "toys". Are the tools you have in good working condition? Do you have a designated area to do your projects? Enough electrical outlets? What type of projects do you hope to make now & in the future? Consider doing a measured floor plan (on graph paper). Draw in electrical outlets, windows, doorways, benches, work areas, etc. Measure the footprint of tools now & hope to have soon. What about storage for those bigger tools? Add wheels to the heavy items. IMO, getting organized will be helpful in your "start up woodworking". Be safe.
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A few other items to think about before you get too many WW "toys". Are the tools you have in good working condition? Do you have a designated area to do your projects? Enough electrical outlets? What type of projects do you hope to make now & in the future? Consider doing a measured floor plan (on graph paper). Draw in electrical outlets, windows, doorways, benches, work areas, etc. Measure the footprint of tools now & hope to have soon. What about storage for those bigger tools? Add wheels to the heavy items. IMO, getting organized will be helpful in your "start up woodworking". Be safe.
The tools I have now are in good working condition and I do need to do a layout. It will be in my garage. We have a three car garage one side is wider double door and the other side is a single door and that's where the "shop will be but I also want to make everything to be out of the way so my wifes car can park there. So maybe some folding work bench tables?

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A folding work bench is a good idea, but make it strong and sturdy to not "wiggle" when in use. Storage can be found anywhere - ceiling, walls, under benches, etc. Books and on line ideas are also available describing small area storage. Depending on your project needs now, consider buying those tools needed for completing the first projects. Always buy the best that fit your budget - and your work area. Enjoy your new WW adventures, and be safe.
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